August 10 2013

Heritage City Cocktail Hotspots

Despite what’s turning out to be a reliably good summer, the days of sticky, tacky Sex on the Beach are over. Blame it on Mad Men, offer James Bond credit where it’s due – heck, lay next day’s guilt on anybody or anything that eases the hangover… just make sure you make the most of now by celebrating the return of really good, really proper cocktails to Bath.

Meet the experts: Independent Spirit
Cocktail grade spirits, Single Malt whiskies, fine wines, premium champagnes, cocktail equipment, sundries and a vast selection of world and craft beers, all under one roof with a subterranean Tasting Room below street level. Hosts regular tastings, events (including the Connoisseurs Club, in conjunction with Circo) and cocktail masterclasses.

Specialises in spiffing cocktails, offers a cool and lively vibe all the way through to the wee small hours. Boasts an alfresco suntrap terrace, hosts the Connoisseurs Club (in conjunction with Independent Spirit) and cocktail masterclasses

Sub 13
Long-established, award-winning, seductively stylish cocktail haven. Don’t miss: cocktail masterclasses, the Perrier Jouet garden and 2-for-1 on selected cocktails Mon-Sat 5-8pm.

ArtBar at the Allium Brasserie
An evolving permanent exhibition of contemporary art adorns the walls,  expert in-house mixologist Andrew Fisher – a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails – adorns the bar. Alfresco terrace, fabulous gourmet bar snacks.

Door 34
Small but perfectly formed, characterful cocktail hotspot, home to a team of friendly, expert mixologists, all of whom are capable of mixing up all manner of apparently effortless magic behind the bar.

Las Iguanas ancillary (downstairs from the Bath branch, at street level)  specialises in superb cocktails – those based around Cachaça (the national spirit of Brazil, don’cha know) feature heavily. Happy hour cocktails Tue-Sat 12noon-7pm, all day Sun-Mon.

Special mention for restaurants that also happen to create fabulous cocktails: Koh Thai Tapas, Hudson Bar and Grill, Roman Baths Kitchen.

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